UA Tops ASU in Raising Money ; Medical Schools, Research Called Top Draw for Donations

By Alaimo, Carol Ann | AZ Daily Star, February 22, 2014 | Go to article overview

UA Tops ASU in Raising Money ; Medical Schools, Research Called Top Draw for Donations


Alaimo, Carol Ann, AZ Daily Star


Maybe Wildcats are more generous than Sun Devils, or maybe the University of Arizona is a money magnet because of its medical schools.

Whatever the reason, the UA consistently collects tens of millions of dollars more in charitable donations a year than Arizona State University, despite having about half as many students as ASU, according to a national group that tracks such philanthropy.

Last school year, for example, UA supporters donated about $151 million, compared with $108 million given by ASU donors.

The year before the gap was larger: UA received about $180 million and ASU about $99 million.

The trend has held true for most of the past decade, with UA besting ASU in fundraising for eight of the past 10 years.

The data are based on information the schools provide for the annual Voluntary Support of Education survey by the Council for Aid to Education based in New York City.

It includes all types of donations made in a given school year. It doesn't include future pledges, which are counted only when money is actually received.

Schools use donor money in many ways, such as paying for scholarships or new buildings.

The UA, for example, is planning to use donations to pay for about $40 million in renovations to historic Old Main and Bear Down Gymnasium.

Stephen Des Georges, an official at the ASU Foundation for a New American University, said it isn't quite fair to compare ASU with the UA on the fundraising front.

The UA has a huge advantage because of its two medical schools and affiliated hospitals, he said. ASU doesn't have a medical school.

"Gifts for medical research often comprise 35 percent or more to those universities with medical schools, and very often those gifts come from grateful patients," Des Georges said. …

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